To float across South Africa

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a few years now so. “If some­thing had gone hor­ri­bly wrong it would have been pretty per­ma­nent. “There was a priest from South Amer­ica who did it a few years ago and he went too high and didn’t come back. “It wasn’t re­ally in­spired by the film ‘Up’! — There are many sim­i­lar­i­ties but Tom has been want­ing to do some­thing like this for a lot longer. “It’s nice for him that he has fi­nally ful­filled his dream. When he wanted to come down he had to cut a few bal­loons. The League of Ad­ven­tur­ists, based in Bris­tol, was formed 12 years ago and mem­bers now plan to in­tro­duce a com­pe­ti­tion based on clus­ter bal­loon­ing. Tom’s wife Jenny, 37, is also a direc­tor of the League of Ad­ven­tur­ists Com­pany which or­ga­nizes trips to races and sum­mits as well as non-com­pet­i­tive ad­ven­tures. They or­ga­nized The Mon­gol Derby, a 1,000km horse race with 40 rid­ers, and the Ice Run, a mo­tor­bike ride across a the world’s big­gest frozen lake in Rus­sia. Tom ad­mit­ted: “Jenny was not overly de­lighted with my plan.” The cou­ple have two daugh­ters, Bella, four, and Lily, two, and live in Bris­tol. Tom said: “I came here to see if we could or­ga­nize the world’s most ridicu­lous air race and af­ter that flight, I’m more con­vinced than ever that we can.” The bal­loons were filled with he­lium in a ware­house and stored overnight, be­fore be­ing tied to­gether and weighed down with can­is­ters of the gas. Once the chair was at­tached, Tom cut the tether and was lifted into the air where he then drifted on the breeze.

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